Freelance work

Are you looking for a freelance copy-editor or proofreader or someone to add a little sparkle to your blogs?

I am Susannah Straughan (aka Notreallyworking). I studied law at Bristol University in the 1980s and I have an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies. In 2014 I took a Proofreading for Accreditation Course organised by the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).

I have been employed (and now self-employed) in book and magazine publishing since 1986. I’ve worked in both production and editorial roles, so I have a good overview of how books are made and why schedules often slip!

Cinema and TV is one of my specialist areas. From 1999–2009 I worked at BBC Worldwide as a staff writer, sub-editor and researcher in the Radio Times Film Unit.

I have also proofread directories and legal materials. I work regularly as a copy-editor and proofreader for Taylor & Francis,  publishers of the Europa World Yearbook, International Who’s Who and several Regional Surveys.

In 2016/17 I wrote about the landscape gardens of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown for a new website set up as part of the Capability Brown Festival. The client was the Landscape Institute. You can read about the gardens here.

As a WordPress blogger and reviewer I have been published in The Guardian, Huffington Post (UK) and on blogcritics. Most of my blogs and reviews are on my main site. You can read them by clicking here.

If you would like to discuss a project with me or see my full CV, please leave a message below or tweet me (@susannah63).

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